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This Day in History for December 5

1792 – George Washington re-elected as US President.

1831 – Former US President John Q Adams takes his seat as a member of House of Representatives.

1848 – US President James K. Polk triggers Gold Rush of 1849 by confirming a gold discovery in California.

1876 – Daniel Stillson (Mass) patents 1st practical pipe wrench.

1881 – 1st automatic telephone switching system patented.

1908 – 1st US football uniform numerals used (University of Pittsburgh)

1929 – 1st US nudist organization, the American League for Physical Culture in New York City.

1932 – German physicist Albert Einstein granted a visa to enter America.

1941 – Sister Elizabeth Kenny new treatment for infantile paralysis approved.

1941 – US aircraft carrier Lexington and 5 heavy cruisers leave Pearl Harbor.

1946 – US President Harry Truman creates Committee on Civil Rights by Executive Order #9808.

1947 – Joe Louis beats Jersey Joe Walcott in 15 rounds for heavyweight boxing title.

1955 – Historic bus boycott begins in Montgomery, Alabama by Rosa Parks.

1967 – Pediatrician Benjamin Spock and poet Alan Ginsberg arrested in New York while protesting against the Vietnam War.

1972 – 38th Heisman Trophy Award: Johnny Rodgers, Nebraska.

1978 – Free agent Pete Rose signs 4-year, $32 million contract with Phillies becoming highest paid baseball player.

1983 – LA Dodger pitcher Steve Howe is suspended for 1 year for cocaine use.

1991 – Charles Keating, Jr. (Lincoln Savings & Loan), found guilty.

2006 – Greg Maddux signs a one-year deal with the San Diego Padres worth $10 million.

2008 – Former NFL running back, broadcaster and actor O.J. Simpson is sentenced to 33 years in prison for kidnapping and armed robbery.

2018 – US state funeral for former president George H.W. Bush, eulogy by George W. Bush, attended by President Donald Trump and predecessors Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter.

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